Dr. Jenista returned to Cedarville in 2000 after 25 years of service as a U.S. diplomat. As a Senior Foreign Service Officer, Dr. Jenista's international assignments included service at U.S. embassies in Japan, Indonesia, New Zealand, South America, and twice in the Philippines. He is the author of a book on Philippine-American history. In addition, he has published articles in professional journals, has written numerous research and policy papers for the State Department, and served as speech writer for ambassadors and other high-level U.S. officials.
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University of Michigan: Ph.D., Southeast Asian History 1978
Activities and Societies: Center for South & Southeast Asian Studies Philippine Studies
University of Dayton: M.A., Asian History 1970
Cedarville University: B.A., History & English 1968
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Cedarville professor provides insight into terrorist agenda
Dayton Daily News online
NewsCenter 7’s John Bedell was in Cedarville today to speak with expert Frank Jenista, a former U.S. diplomat of 25 years. After retiring from the U.S. State Department, Jenista started working at his alma mater, Cedarville University, as a political science professor.
Jenista said the latest attack is being claimed by a “violent jihadist organization” previously linked to the Al Qaeda branch in North Africa headed by an Algerian man. But he said it’s unknown yet if the attack in Africa was by ISIS or Al Qaeda, as the ISIS group has actively been recruiting members away from Al Qaeda.
“IS is competing with Al Qaeda for leadership of the violent jihadi world; they have in fact fought Al Qaeda in Syria,” Jenista said. “They are trying to undermine Al Qaeda. IS wants to be No. 1 in the jihadist world; they want to be the best known, the most violent, the most scary of the groups out there.”...